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Tanned trout skins

Discussion in 'Fish Taxidermy' started by warthog, Feb 28, 2010.

  1. warthog

    warthog Member of VVA and VFW

    I have purchased two tanned trout skins...a brownie and a steelhead. My question is this...I am perplexed as to what I have to do to get these skins ready to mount. They are a bit stiff especially in the fins. Also the cleithrum bone has been totally removed. The other thing that I need to question is how to go about measuring the things for a mannikin and an artificial head.
  2. Jim L

    Jim L New Member

    you can soak the skins in water with some borax and a little bit of lysol and that should rehydrate the fins. after you mount them you can rebuild the collar bone or you can try to hide it by covering it with the gill covers. when measureing i would lay the skins completely flat and measure from the where the collar bone would be to the base of the tail and then the girth and go with a form that is slightly smaller than those measurements. thats what i would do.